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OptiFer® allowed claims for the optifer® heme iron products

What can you claim about OptiFer® heme iron supplement tablets?

What is a pharmaceutical drug?

In pharmacology, a drug is "a chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being." Pharmaceutical drugs may be used for a limited duration, or on a regular basis for chronic disorders.

What can you claim for a pharmaceutical drug?

By definition a drug is used to diagnose, treat or prevent disease.

Iron deficiency is not a disease, but untreated it may lead to Iron Deficiency Anemia, which is.

What is a food supplement?

A food or dietary supplement is a product intended for ingestion that contains a "dietary ingredient" intended to add further nutritional value to (supplement) the diet.

What can you claim for a food or dietary supplement ?

Some dietary supplements may help to ensure that you get an adequate dietary intake of essential nutrients; others may help you reduce your risk of disease.

The OptiFer® tablets are based on natural bovine heme iron and will safely and efficiently keep iron counts at an optimal level www.ferrocare.se www.hemeiron.com

All iron comes from the diet

This means you cannot claim for a food supplement to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent disease, such as anemia.

You can, however, treat iron deficiency, which affects many millions of people. In fact, in many countries, it is a huge problem.

Low iron counts are one of the most common conditions worldwide. Globally, anaemia affects 1.62 billion people,which corresponds to 24.8 % of the population. The highest prevalence is in preschool-age children (47.4 %,),and the lowest prevalence is in men (12.7 %). However, the population group with the greatest number of individuals affected is non-pregnant women (468.4 million). (WHO).

As well as affecting a large number of children and women in developing countries, it is the only nutrient deficiency which is also significantly prevalent in industrialized countries.

Untreated iron deficiency can lead to iron deficiency anemia— a common type of anemia.

Heme iron is the main dietary source

There is, however, a lot to say about iron deficiency and what it can mean.

The European Food Safety Authority, EFSA has accepted the following statements regarding iron and treatments of iron deficiency

  • Iron contributes to normal cognitive function
  • Iron contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism
  • Iron contributes to normal formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin
  • Iron contributes to normal oxygen transport in the body
  • Iron contributes to the normal function of the immune system
  • Iron contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Iron has a role in the process of cell division
  • Iron contributes to normal cognitive development of children
  • Vitamin A contributes to normal iron metabolism
  • Vitamin C increases iron absorption
  • Meat contributes to the improvement of iron absorption when eaten with other foods containing iron
  • Vitamin B2 contributes to the normal metabolism of iron
Oxygen transport
Iron contributes to normal formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin which means that Iron is essential to normal oxygen transport in the body.
Reduction of tiredness and fatigue
Iron contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism which in due term leads to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue for people taking Iron.
The immune system
Iron also contributes to the normal function of the immune system and has a role in the process of cell division which means that it improves the general health and cell renewal.
Mental capacity
Iron is highly important for the mental capacity as iron contributes to normal cognitive function and especially Iron contributes to normal cognitive development of children.
General well-being

Iron values can have a strong effect on the well-being

Heme iron has a very high absorption capacity in the body due to the fact it is a natural food compound with an uptake of between 20 - 40 % in comparison to non-heme (synthetic) iron that has an uptake of only 1 – 4 %.

With the use of Heme Iron supplementation the negative consequences of side effects from synthetic forms of iron are avoided and the deficiency is successfully treated.

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